really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,824 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Ford Windstar:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #13

Jul 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,700 miles
2002 Ford Windstar ABS module failure, intermittent ABS / brake light on, eventually on all the time. Had module sent out for repair. Technician found a bad solder joint on motherboard. Technician referred me to this website; www.fordwindstarrecall.info/

- York, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 072008


  • 75,000 miles
At this time there has not been an incident, however Ford is not taking the ABS module problem seriously. My 2002 Ford Windstar SE currently has the ABS and brake warning lights come on at random times. These lights stay on for a period of time and then when van is restarted sometimes they are still on and sometimes they are not. I do not have the money to fix Ford's flaw.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 222010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that after the vehicle was inspected by a dealer they informed him that his ABS system failed and needed to replace the module. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000. Updated 01/26/11 the consumer stated the ABS and brake light would not clear on the dashboard. The consumer was informed the ABS module needed to be replaced. Updated 03/23/11

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012006


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. Since September of 2006, the ABS light constantly illuminates. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer twice and they replaced the ABS module under warranty; however, this did not correct the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and they would not assist. The dealer stated that the estimated cost for repair was $1,200. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 180,000.

- Trenton, OH, USA

problem #9

May 032009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While driving 55 mph, the ABS light illuminated and smoke appeared underneath the vehicle. The contact assumed that the electrical unit was at fault. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but would have to be repaired at the contact's expense. The failure has occurred approximately five times. The contact has decided not to repair the vehicle at this time. The dealer stated that the ABS control module needs to be repaired. The failure and current mileages were 35,000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 152002


  • 86,560 miles
Experiencing intermittent ABS and brake warning light. Ford dealer pulled computer code and got C1185 and numerous other codes. The diagnoses was that the problem was most likely the ABS control module. They would not guarantee that replacement would fix problem so for the $700 they wanted decided to investigate problem myself. Glad I did. It seems as if this is a very common problem on the 2002 Ford Windstar and has the potential to be a fire hazard. I am actually very surprised that Ford would not issue a recall or at least offer their customers a subsidized price to replace this defective ABS module ($700 seems very high for a small electrical component) not only because of the fire hazard issue but because this has to do with the brake system which is certainly a safety issue.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #7

Jun 162008


  • miles
All the light on ABS, brake are all lit up and I was told it was the ABS module in the 2002 Windstar and they are prone to break down and the breaking is off on the van when the lights are on.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 062008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While driving between 45-55 mph, the engine began to lose power. The contact pulled into a Ford dealer and was informed that the brake cruise deactivation switch was leaking into the fuse box. The failure caused the speedometer to fail and the ABS and several other lights to illuminate. Recall number 05528 (deactivation switch) was referenced regarding the Ford Explorer. The current and failure mileages were 70,000. Update 09/10/08 updated 09/15/08.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 072008

(reported on)


  • miles
Email concerning safety issues with the 2001-2003 Ford Windstar, a leaky brake differential deactivation switch which causes brake fluid to leak down wires and the anti-lock brake computer fails during hot weather conditions. The consumer stated the issue is a large aluminum plate attached to the bottom of the anti-lock computer circuit board. When the plate gets hot, the aluminum expands whereby stretching the computer board and causing the anti-lock brakes to fail. The consumer stated he had a fire in his vehicle, as a result of a leaky brake pressure differential deactivation switch.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Jul 152007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles
Warning lights for ABS, emergency brake, trac off (traction control). Error display od traction control system" several error in diagnostics all pointing to the ABS system the traction control when this occurs is disabled. The lights light up after the car warms up if cold from 2-10 minutes, if used recently the lights turn on almost immediately. After searching on the web, this problem has been reported as a potential fire hazard.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
ABS and brake light come on intermittently. Have had this problem for 2+ years. No one can tell me why. As of late, the lights have been on nearly constantly. Suspect ABS control module.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 222007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,550 miles
We have a 2002 Windstar van. While it was parked in our garage overnight, the ABS motor spontaneously caught fire. The vehicle was off and parked. With the location of the motor so close to the fuel line, we were surprised that the fuel system did not ignite.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,900 miles
Red brake light and yellow a.B.S. light illuminate. Diagnosis: A.B.S. module is defective.

- Manchester, NH, USA